For May 4, 2018
1 – Four miles of Lake Huron shoreline has been protected from development.
The Nature Conservancy now owns and manages the land, which is located just outside of Alpena and part of the North Point Peninsula.
The protected area is critical for bird migration and tourism, the conservancy says. The group plans to transfer the property to a local nonprofit called the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
The property provides access to “Shipwreck Alley,” a stretch of Lake Huron that has claimed more than 200 vessels.
The shoreline features some of the region’s most important coastal wetlands, fisheries breeding habitat, wildlife and rare plants, conservancy officials say.
Friends of Thunder Bay plans to expand programming to school children, so they can learn about the importance of the area.
As the project evolves, people also will be able to kayak, paddle, or snorkel from the coastline out to shipwrecks.
2 – A ballot initiative to increase renewable energy in Michigan has been endorsed.
The measure would increase Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard from 15 percent by 2021 to 30 percent by 2030. This would require utilities to generate more of their power from renewable sources like wind and solar.
Signatures are now being collected to put the initiative on the November ballot.
— Via GLREA
3 – Michigan departments have teamed up to fight invasive species.
A total of $3.6 million in grants will be handed out this year. Applications are open to local governments, nonprofits, universities and others.
For 2018, the program seeks projects to encourage best practices for preventing the introduction and spread of invasive species.
Also prioritized this year are projects to improve methods for detecting and managing established species including Eurasian watermilfoil and Phragmites, and projects that improve biological understanding of invasive species such as red swamp crayfish, starry stonewort and Japanese and giant knotweed.
Information on how to apply for funding is available online from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.